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Determining the gap that exists between your organisation’s current occupational health and safety management system and OHSAS 18001 requirements is of extreme importance in the planning, rationalisation, development and implementation process. A thorough analysis does not only save organisations a lot of money, it also provides upper management with the means to:

  • Gain an understanding regarding OHSAS 18001 requirements;
  • Identify where implementation will impact the organisation the most;
  • Accurately determine required resources; and
  • Formalise an implementation plan.

Book a consultation with one of our consultants if you need help with OHSAS Gap Analysis Audits.

Processes involved with OHSAS 18001 Gap Analysis Audit

  • Firstly, a Documentation Review of your organisation’s occupational health and safety management system should be conducted. You are asked to provide existing policies, procedures, as well as a master list of documents and records. The Project Director will also visit your location, interview staff, research policies, and evaluate existing business processes from an OHSAS 18001 perspective. Ultimately, the result of this Documentation Review is a detailed report that identifies where your current practices meet OHSAS 18001 requirements, and where “gaps” exist. A draft Project Plan and a custom tailored Lean OHS Curriculum can thus be developed once this process of the gap analysis has been performed.
  • The second process involves conducting an Executive Briefing. The Executive Briefing is aimed at your management team and key implementation project participants. The results of the gap analysis are reviewed by the Project Director while also busy conducting clause-by-clause reviews of OHSAS 18001 and its applicability to your organisation.
  • Thirdly, a Process Discovery Session is facilitated in order to identify and rationalise your organisation’s core and support processes. These are a comprehensive set of processes that govern all activities of your organisation. This set of processes is also crucial to project planning, scheduling, and resource allocation.

Objectives of OHSAS 18001 Gap Analysis Audit

  • Reviewing and identifying current occupational health and safety practices and processes;
  • Assessing compliance with OHSAS 18001 and identifying areas of weakness;
  • Determining the resources required in order to achieve certification;
  • Training upper management on the requirements and applicability of OHSAS 18001;
  • Developing a draft Project Plan;
  • Identifying training needs;
  • Making recommendations concerning the addressing of OHSAS 18001 requirements; and
  • Designing and/or tailoring a Lean OHS Curriculum.


Book a consultation with one of our consultants if you need help with OHSAS System Audits.

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